I'm a journalist doing a story about wood prices and summer fix-it
projects. Anyone willing to talk to me about how rising wood prices
affects your home improvement endeavors? firstname.lastname@example.org
Put in a bit about if the hose-heads in Washington would legalize the
of industrial hemp, then paper companies could produce better paper
with less land, and free up the rest of the forest for lumber...
Or how the US freely exported raw lumber to anyone but canada would
only export large amounts if it was FINISHED (eg. local jobs)...
But pertinently, I have a big "crawl space" (5-10 feet high).
I want to wall and floor it, perhaps it becomes woodshop, perhaps just
I priced materials in early 2003 (pre-Iraq fiasco). But I'd become
unemployed a bit after buying a house.
Either way, I was a little reluctant to risk spending future mortgage
money on the project while I had lots of time and no income.
Once I settled into my new job and had some time, I repriced last
winter, a year later.
For joists, supports for them in the framing (sistering 2x6's to
the existing to support the joists) and a misc support, the rough
cost of lumber had been $3,000; this past winter, it had roughly
doubled. (more than Mr Bush's tax pre-fund had given me).
That's not including walls, insulation, proper flooring or any finish
stuff. Ok, so that's on hold (and the tools remain in the garage).
The guy who bought a burned out lot across the street is a carpenter.
He comes buy to take care of the property.
His plans to build have been hampered some by less work, but that
means more time. His plans have, it appears, been greatly stopped by
the fact that lumber alone has gone from $50k to over $120k.
Labor, foundation, etc, etc aren't in that math yet.
Bye bye house.
But as long as Halliburton can buy all the plywood and sell
it for 8x more, then I guess it's ok.
It's for the good of the wealthy.
I see your wood price increase, and raise you one network news production
When broadcast and print media news sources become a service to the public,
rather than a money-making media production for a very select few, I'll give
free interviews. Until then, discussing current political and socioeconomical
trends and their effects is gonna cost you.
My knowledge is a bit dated, but at one time, the Softwood Lumber Treaty
between Canada and the US restricted raw exports from Canada to the US, but
did not restrict "finished" materials. So instead of a basic 2x4, you got a
2x4 with a hole 20" from the bottom. The first one was considered part of
the quota, the second one wasn't.
The US Lumber suppliers have been restricting the imports of lumber from
Canada for years, effectivly increasing the price you pay in the US for
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